Anthobium atrocephalum


A small (3 to 3.5 mm) rove beetle with a broader shape than the typical Staphylinidae.  Identification is difficult – see ‘Recording Advice’.  

Similar Species

Anthobium unicolor

Identification difficulty
Recording advice

Unless identified by a recognised expert, a photo is required and the specimen should be examined with a microscope. In the comments box, state the key or ID method used and describe the size and identifying characters.


Often found in leaf litter in or near to woodland, but may occur in other habitats.

When to see it

Has been recorded in most months of the year with a peak around April and May.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map